Member Appointed Lead of Interstate Compact Commission

MMA member Jon Thomas, MD, has been named chair of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission, which is developing the infrastructure for a new, voluntary pathway for physicians seeking expedited licensure in multiple states. 

The commission has set a target goal of January 2017 for qualified physicians to seek licensure in multiple states. “We are very encouraged by the progress we’ve made in recent months toward implementing the Compact process,” Thomas said. “With the 2017 state legislative session around the corner, we stand ready to assist and support additional states interested in joining the Compact.”

Since 2015, the Compact has been enacted in 17 states and remains under legislative consideration in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The MMA successfully lobbied the Legislature in 2015 to join the Compact.  

In June, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced a $250,000 annual grant for three years to support state medical and osteopathic boards as they implement the administrative and technical infrastructure of the Compact.

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